Stella aside, another successful SHAPE convention

March 23, 2017 – What a week in Boston! For those who managed to beat Stella and get to Boston for SHAPE, it was – as always – an incredible week.

The importance of capturing heart rate data to assess PE performance, something that IHT has been perfecting since 2011, proved to be a major topic of discussion each day. As our partners have found, the combination of the adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitor and accompanying Spirit HRM and Assessment Measures software puts students, parents and teachers in touch with a personalized heart rate summary immediately after class, allowing everyone more time to digest that vital information.

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Spirit System personalizes learning for students highlighted by 6 key seconds of coaching every day

March 2, 2017 – Within six seconds following a physical education class, teachers using the IHT Spirit System already have important data necessary to evaluate that day’s workout and help motivate each student to improve in the next workout.

The importance of the feedback is immeasurable, as Bill Gates pointed out in a 2013 TED talk about supporting teachers. Students benefit from that as well, especially the personalized feedback they receive through IHT’s Spirit Software. Students get two looks at an analysis of their workout immediately after completing a workout, the first coming as they return their adidas ZONE for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors following class. Read More

Bermuda turns to IHT Spirit System, training teachers to give students daily PE feedback

Feb. 24, 2017 – Searching for an effective way to motivate students to take personal responsibility for their fitness through physical education, Bermuda’s Ministry of Education turned to the IHT Spirit System, training teachers to give students daily feedback showing how their physical activity level compared to their goals.

Bermuda FeedbackWhen implementing new education technology, making sure teachers receive the proper training and professional development is essential to a successful start. Bermuda’s teachers and coordinators went through multi-faceted training on IHT’s adidas Zone for IHT Spirit wrist heart rate monitors and the Spirit System Assessment Measures software suite last week. Read More

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MA State PE Association Measures Student SEL Progress

Feb. 9 – With its Board of Education focusing on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts physical education teachers now have a way to quantify how students master those essential skills.

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Students enjoy a pleasant conversation during PE class at Indian Springs Elementary (Texas).

IHT and the Massachusetts Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD) have integrated SEL protocols into IHT’s Spirit Assessment Measures software. Teachers at 79 participating schools can now assess how students master SEL skills and report the results of those assessments to state leaders, including MAHPERD Executive Director Maria Melchionda. Read More